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The department of music seeks to facilitate an environment of musical creativity, expressive performance, and contextualized music education with a Christ-centered and Spirit-empowered perspective and worldview.

Our degrees foster hands-on experiences and valuable skills, giving students a competitive edge as they go out into the marketplace.

Bachelor of Music in Pre-Teacher Certification

Our degree is designed to equip students to pursue careers in teaching elementary, junior high or high school music in the private or public school setting.

Current students complete classroom observations, participate in field work with a master teacher, attend professional conferences, and are active members of the student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is designed for the student who wishes to study music in the liberal arts degree context. This degree provides a versatile balance of skills which provides the foundation for an array of jobs: private music studio, composition, music industry, music journalism, community music, etc. This program is also well-suited for those students who wish to double major with music and another degree at Vanguard.

Highlighted skills courses include: Pedagogy, Music & Business, Internship

Bachelor of Arts in Worship Leadership

The Bachelor of Arts in Worship Leadership degree provides readiness for service in the church ministry environment. The coursework uniquely develops worship leader skills needed for today's churches: multiculturalism, creative worship, music leadership, administrative practices, and songwriting. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in a practical learning environment with other worship leaders, recording artists, and guest speakers in the Worship Forum Practicum.

It is an honor for me to be a part of the Vanguard music faculty where the mentoring of students and family atmosphere is real. I love watching our students evolve throughout their four years as their spiritual, musical, and practical skills develop and mature.

Susanne Reid, DMA Department of Music Chair

The Vanguard Music Department has been a genuine home and family to me. It is a true blessing to be surrounded by faculty and fellow students who have a mutual heart for music and experience the inescapable joy that it brings. There is so much talent within our department however, our inspiration comes from the persistency of our professors who teach us to continuously strive for progress.

Kayla Harrell, '20
Music Major


Building a Legacy

William will never forget sharing the news with his mom about his acceptance to Vanguard. He was thrilled when he got the unexpected news that he had received a scholarship for his double major in psychology and music.

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California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Music

A Sampling of Music Courses

MUSC 382

Instrumental Pedagogy

Instrumental Pedagogy

This course is designed for students to analyze applied studio teaching techniques in order to effectively teach instruments at all levels. Learning styles, private studio procedures, and lesson planning through analysis of various method books and materials are examined. Included observation of private studio instruction and supervised experience teaching private lessons.


Creative Worship Workshop

Creative Worship Workshop

This course will equip a modern worship leader to adequately serve the contemporary church. Skills developed will include service crafting, team building, rehearsal management, music directing, production management and use of church management software.

MUSC 462

Music and Business

Music and Business

A study of the business aspects of the music industry including topics such as identification of the management team, the recording industry, songwriting and music publishing, touring, music merchandising and motion picture music.

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Kenneth Foerch

Associate Professor of Music

James Melton

Professor of Music

Joni Prado

Associate Professor

Susanne Reid

Department Chair & Professor of Music

Robert Reno

Professor of Theory

Seth Roybal

Coordinator of Concert Operations

Scarlet Wu

Program Coordinator

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